The US has lost a quarter of a million jobs in journalism




Who knew we needed so many print journalists in the first place?

Yahoo News reports:

Washington (AFP) – The US newspaper industry has shed more than half its jobs since 1990, losses which have only been partly offset by gains in online media.

Official US Labor Department data showed the newspaper sector lost 271,800 jobs in the period from January 1990 to March 2016, or 59.7 percent of the total over the past 26 years.

The numbers, first cited in a report by the news website Engadget, confirm the massive shift to digital media that has hammered traditional newspapers.

Magazines fared only slightly better, losing 36 percent of their jobs in the same period.

Employment in Internet publishing and broadcasting, meanwhile, rose from about 30,000 to nearly 198,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed.

So, the net loss seems to be about 73,000 jobs when broadcasting and internet are included.

I am far more concerned with net job losses in manufacturing.

What intrigues me, however, is that despite the job losses I now read the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Drudge Report nearly every day, the Straits Times (Singapore) occasionally, and I am awash with information.

I cannot even mention the large numbers of blogs I manage to delve into when I am not too busy.

I feel mildly sorry for the many journalists who have had to find another way of earning a living, but when I contemplate how much better I am most of the time than Geoffrey Simpson, Charles Krauthammer, or Andrew Coyne – I place myself well below Conrad Black and Rex Murphy – I have to wonder, what were all those print journalists doing? Did we really need them? Apparently not.

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old white guy

it is fascinating how our patterns can change. when I was in business I read several papers almost daily. after retirement I started spending more time on my computer, usually an average of three hours a day. as I type I have cnbc (business) on tv as I read items from around the world. print cannot even come close the immediacy of the net or the volume of useless info I can peruse.

Bill in Tennessee

Careful, dude, you’re “multitasking” and that’s simply not compatible with retirement. Trust me, I know!


Thank you Bill in Tennessee. My official position is that I am NOT retired. I have too many contracts, jobettes and board positions to account myself truly retired.

Bill Elder

The media is in transition. Dead tree journalism/literature is going extinct along with the print media. The reasons are in the changing habits of consumers. I see it as a good old fashion market correction.

Books and papers were dreadful things, blurry hard to read print, hard to cart around, clutter and space wasters after you’ve read them – electronic publishing and its portability and muti-media format are controlling the market now. I use kindle editions of what I read and get my news and opinion on line.

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